Hampshire Cricket History


Sunny Summer Days
April 6, 2016, 4:32 pm
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As 5.30pm approaches, there have been around 40 overs bowled today. I’ve been walking around Pompey quite a bit and despite the odd slight shower there would have been more play here but it wouldn’t have been pleasant – even the occasional sun showers have been misleading – it’s a nasty, cold, windy  day.

There again it’s a bit odd really for first-class cricket in the first week of April. You can be lucky with the weather but …

Only 50 years ago on 30 April 1966 Hampshire played Oxford University in the Parks, and that was the first time they had ever played first-class cricket in April.

They played the students again between 1970-1972 starting either on the 28 or 29 – more than three weeks later than their start this week. On 24 April 1974 they made their (then) earliest start, with that famous game against MCC at Lord’s as Champion County. I was there and it was freezing. Then on 30 April 1975 they met Essex at Bournemouth – the first time they had played in the Championship in April, but still almost three weeks later than this year’s start next Sunday.

Prior to that – and it was a rare event – they opened at the Oval on 1 May 1926. In 1919, resuming after war, their season did not start until 9 June (and they played two-day matches).

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It’s unseasonably cold here in the Eastern US also as baseball season commences. Yesterday the New York Yankees played in 2 degrees Celsius with a 18mph wind, despite which 48,000 hardy souls turned out. At least the players have gloves (albeit only one each).

Comment by Hedgehog

It might be as cold here on Sunday but there won’t be 48,000!

Comment by pompeypop

Would be nice if we get 4800, but more likely to be 480 I suspect. Let’s hope we get enough play over 4 days to get a result.

Comment by Bob Murrell

There was about 48 today . . ;-))

Comment by Bob Elliott

Be lovely if next season we could play a first class game in March…

Comment by Ian

Be careful what you wish for!

Comment by Paul




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